New Zealand is famous for its award-winning wines, but now the country's first and only sake brewery is making a name for itself on the world stage.

Located in the hills behind Queenstown's bustling city center, Zenkuro Sake has only been in business for three years, but has already taken home gold and silver awards at the prestigious London Sake Challenge.

Only two breweries outside of Japan took home prizes, making the young company's success particularly impressive. The secret to their award-winning beverage, according to head brewer David Joll, is Queenstown's water.